Louise Erdrich | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Peter Stitt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Louise Erdrich.
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Critical Review by Peter Stitt

SOURCE: Review of Jacklight, in The Georgia Review, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 863-64.

In the following excerpt, Stitt examines the mythic patterns explored in Jacklight.

In Jacklight, her first book, Louise Erdrich arrives at an understanding of the modern world by discovering patterns within the experience she studies—mythic patterns derived from her own Native American background. The poems are narrative in structure, benefiting from a strong sense of both place and character. The poem "Train," for example, expresses the sense of self which determines the speaker's progress through the world:

     Tunnels that the body strikes open in air.
     Bridges that shiver across
     every water I come...

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